British actor Ronald Pickup has sadly passed away, new reports are claiming.
He was eighty-years-old.
Since the news of his death broke, tributes have been quickly flooding in from both his co-stars and his fans alike.
Sad to hear that Ronald Pickup had died. A fine actor with a tremendous voice. Here’s The Great Gambon theorising on what make a great acting voice. pic.twitter.com/TMtZw6aXho— John Williams (@worldoftelly) February 25, 2021
Very sad to hear Ronald Pickup has passed away. He was in so many of my favourite shows over the years, and not many could match his perfect northern charm. Always thought he brought a youthfulness to his performances. He will be missed RIP. pic.twitter.com/ZWaOL7BVdC— Dominic J Brown 🔰🇾🇪 (@DomJBrown) February 25, 2021
#RonaldPickup: amazing. Fortunes of War’s Prince Yaki was sympathetic yet infuriating, charming yet appalling, innocent yet wily. A brilliant, layered, superb turn. Then there’s Orwell in Jura, Riff Raff Element, Darkest Hour... SO good. An honour to share a studio with him. RIP. pic.twitter.com/gAqaQsqt6D— Toby Hadoke (@TobyHadoke) February 25, 2021
RIP Ronald Pickup. Always Prince Yaki :( pic.twitter.com/dXuf8xnyet— Lucy Brouwer (@NotRock) February 25, 2021
Awww #RonaldPickup He was wonderful during our 20-minute phone interview a few years back. He apologised for giving dull answers to my questions, despite being charming, eloquent and a total joy throughout. RIP lovely man.— Sarah Morgan (@sarahbabsmorgan) February 25, 2021
Very sad to hear that Ronald Pickup has died. One of those actors who just seemed to be always working, always popping up in things. And for good reason - nothing was ever the worse for his being in it.— Lord WarGit, official US government Gout Czar (@WarGit) February 25, 2021
It has been announced that Ronald Pickup has died. An incredible actor and star of stage and screen, he will be fondly remembered for many of his roles and appeared in Doctor Who in 1964 in the 4th part of The Reign of Terror.— The Poncho Boys (@megsponchoboys) February 25, 2021
I send my love to his friends and family 💖 pic.twitter.com/GU61f33Pc4
And another one gone! Ronald Pickup, who was 80! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eOXVEozqo1— Simon Osborne Pitt the Younger (@SimonOs00974749) February 25, 2021
Sad to hear of the death of Ronald Pickup. Superb as George Orwell in 'Orwell on Jura' from 1983. I have a 16mm film print of this wonderful BBC film which I'd love to screen in his honour, but alas it's out of reach at present. pic.twitter.com/7pQmVmMPOc— Tony Pollard (@ProfTonyPollard) February 25, 2021
So sad to hear #RonaldPickup has died. Staggered he agreed to the 2 jobs he did with me - as my Dad in my 1st radio play & doing the DVD commentary for his Dr Who episode. He was so kind & extremely humble & his Prince Yaki in Fortunes of War is one of the great TV performances.— Toby Hadoke (@TobyHadoke) February 25, 2021
So sorry to hear about Ronald Pickup. Great actor, marvellous voice. A really charming and unassuming man, modest about his considerable acting credits and delighted to talk to younger actors (and writers) about his work.— Roy Gill (@roy_gill) February 25, 2021
Ronald started his dazzling career in the 1960s...
With a small unnamed role in Doctor Who, for which he was paid just £30 ($42).
But it was onwards and upwards from there.
Ronald went on to star in a whole array of blockbusters, including the thriller The Day of the Jackal, 1973, Bond film, Never Say Never Again,1982, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2012, in which he played the bachelor Norman Cousins.
His most recent role was in Netflix's The Crown...
In which he played the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, in 4 episodes in 2016.
And it wasn't just his acting that caught attention.
Ronald had a remarkable voice and put it to use as the lion Aslan in the BBC's adaptations of the Chronicles Of Narnia books.
So, of course, the news of his death has hit his fans hard.
His agent announced the news, telling PA:
"Ronald Pickup passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed."
The details surrounding his illness remain unclear.
Ronald is survived by his wife of fifty-seven-years, actress Lans Traverse, who he met when they were students at RADA, and their 2 children.
Rest in peace, Ronald Pickup.
Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.